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Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)


About The Course

This course is an ideal introduction to working with animals for school leavers who are seeking to explore this diverse industry; develop practical skills in animal husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of animal-related topics.

Students will work with a range of animals inclusive of small mammals, farm livestock and exotic species housed in our extensive animal collection. The course also provides an opportunity for students to develop personal, social and employability skills in a highly supportive environment.

As part of this study programme students are required to study GCSE maths and English if a grade 4 has not already been achieved. This is an essential part of the programme in order for students to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required for successful entry into employment and/or progression onto future courses.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs inclusive of a grade 2, or above, in English, maths and science. Applicants must also complete a successful interview and attendance at one of our Animal Care taster days is advised.


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This course can lead to employment within:

  • Retail e.g. pet stores
  • Kennels and catteries
  • Farm parks & farms
  • Pet sitting/dog walking services
  • Dog grooming 

 Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) on to other courses such as L2 Diploma’s in: Animal Care, Agriculture, Horticulture, Public Services.